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FYI. I just replaced the tie-rod ends on a 2003 with genuine Honda replacements, PN 53541-S7A-003. My Honda service manual (2003-2005 First Edition 12/2004) specifies two different torque values for the tapered pin connection to the strut steering arm. On page 18-25 (Damper/Spring Replacement / Installation / Step 7) there is a graphic showing that connection with a torque call-out for a 10x1.25mm nut at 43 Nm. On page 17-56 (Steering Gearbox Installation / Step 18) the identical graphic is shown EXCEPT the torque call-out is for a 12x1.25mm nut at 54 Nm. The thread on the tie-rod end measures as 12x1.25mm and the companion Honda nut, 94030-12280, is specified as a 12x1.25mm also. So it sure looks like the 43 Nm torque spec is wrong and the 54 Nm spec is correct.

The funny thing is this is the fourth time I've replaced tie-rod ends on a Element whose model years range from 2003 to 2007. And each time I also changed the struts. So it is likely I then used the 43 Nm torque value called out in the damper/spring section. It was only a fluke that I just happened to find the "alternative" specification in the steering section and notice that it was different. I am not aware of problems or issues caused by the using the suspected lower torque spec.
 

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confirmed! I ran into the same discrepancy because I have a slight knocking noise coming from the right tie-rod end, and they were replaced last year. gonna tighten them to the higher torque spec and see if it goes away, or if I need to replace it again.
 
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